Continuous struggles were conducted and are being conducted for wage revision by the BSNL employees under the leadership of BSNL All Unions and Associations. After the Massive Parliament March by the employees, in which AIBDPA members also participated in hundreds, the discussion with the Secretary DOT and the discussion with the Communications Minister Shri Manoj Sinha, the latter had assured that the demand of the employees will be taken up with the government. CMD BSNL had already requested the DOT for permission to start wage negotiation with the recognised unions. These are important steps. But continued pressure will be required for achieving the demands.
In the case of DOT Pensioners, the pension revision is ordered w.e.f. 01-01-2016 on the basis of the recommendations of the VII CPC. The revision is implemented / being implemented to all the DOT retirees as also the Option III.
In the case of BSNL absorbed DOT Pensioners, we have demanded that the pension revision should be made on the basis of the fitment recommended by the III PRC w.e.f. 01-01-2017, as was done last time on the basis of the recommendations of the II PRC / wage settlement w.e.f. 01-01-2007. Since the government is committed to pay the entire pension, there is no justification for delaying the matter.
The revision should be in IDA and not in CDA as some comrades have demanded. Demanding for the VII CPC formula is not beneficial and is full of complications and implications which will result in umpteen anomalies, which will divide the pensioners in to several groups. Pension revision as per PRC is the method implemented so far and any shift to CPC method will further complicate the issue and delay matters. Pensioners can not wait. They want pension revision without any further delay.
At the same time, we want that the wage negotiation also take place immediately and we will support all the struggles being organised by them.